Politicians, constituents still waiting for electoral reform

The MP for Beaches-East York believes that electoral reform will not happen by the next federal election in 2019.

In 2015, following the election of Justin Trudeau as prime minister, the Liberal administration recommended a number of initiatives and ultimately legislation that would replace the “first-past-the-post” voting system in Canada. In the wake of months of consultation with the public, some believe such alternatives as proportional representation, a ranked balloting system and online voting will not be ready for the next federal election. East York’s Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says it may take longer.

“The promise was to make 2015 the last election under first-past-the-post,” he said, “and if it’s hard to make the promise happen before 2019, we should still be committed to the promise in the long-term.”

Federal budget takes new approach to child benefits

When East York resident Michele Lupa first heard about the new Canada Child Benefit, she was surprised.

“Oh my god! How could I miss that?” she said. “They made a change to the child tax benefit.”

The mother of two, Lupa can apply for the benefit, which will pay families a monthly subsidy based on net income. The new benefit is tax-free and does not exclude families with only one parent.

Liberal sweep across Toronto

The Liberals painted the town red last Monday night in the 2015 federal election. Justin Trudeau is the new Prime Minister of Canada, leading the Liberal party to their first victory since 2004. “Canadians from all across this great country sent a clear message tonight,” Trudeau said immediately after his win. He credited the Liberal victory […]